CBS and EliteXC needed a big night here. They needed a blowaway card, they needed a fight that millions would watch and even more would talk about at the watercooler on Monday morning.
Unfortunately there was a problem. The proposed Kimbo Slice vs. Ken Shamrock fight, what would very well have been the most watched contest in American history, was cancelled when the latter was injured during a workout. UFC and The Ultimate Fighter veteran Seth Petruzelli was chosen as his replacement. Would the fans still tune in? Would the star face his first loss ever?
The show started with a hard-hitting contest between Benji Radach and Murilo Rua, brother of UFC superstar Mauricio Rua. Just like his brother, his most recent fight was a loss as Radach punched him countless times and eventually TKO'ed him in the 2nd frame. An upset of sorts, but if you've been listening to Bas Rutten you're looking at a potential threat to Anderson Silva (should the two ever been in the same organization).
Our next battle contained American Gladiators' Gina Carano taking on Kelly Kobald. After a war Carano won a unanimous decision and furthered her undefeated career.
Andrei Arlovski struggled early with Roy Nelson, but in the 2nd round murdered him with hard shots to win the fight.
Jake Shields also struggled but was able to retain his EliteXC Middleweight Championship.
In the main event megastar Kimbo Slice was absolutely destroyed by Seth Petruzelli. The announcers played it off as if it was the biggest upset ever, but it looks like hardcore MMA fans are right. Kimbo Slice is not a top talent.
Kimbo was not the only one to lose here tonight. It looks like EliteXC may have lost its one chance of survival. A good show, but how many more will there be?